U.S. Navy sailor admits to raping tourist

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Police investigators say that the U.S. Navy sailor under arrest on suspicion of raping a tourist from Fukuoka has admitted to the charge under questioning.

Naha Police arrested 24-year-old Justin Castellanos was arrested on Mar. 13th after he allegedly took a woman who had been sleeping in a hotel hallway to his room and raped her. After his arrest, Castellanos reportedly denied the charges.

Both had been staying in the same hotel but did not know each other, police said.

The incident has caused wide-spread protests, and the top U.S. commander on the island, Lt. Gen. Lawrence Nicholson paid a visit to Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga to apologize.

The Okinawa Prefectural Assembly also unanimously adopted a resolution Tuesday to protest the alleged rape. In its resolution the assembly demanded U.S. forces to tighten discipline and called for a drastic revision in the SOFA.

A large demonstration was also organized last weekend in front of the main Gate of Camp Schwab in Henoko to protest the rape.

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